Laptop and Monitors purchase advice

  rock_face 18:23 04 Apr 2017


I'm looking to purchase a couple of monitors for a home office setup. I was initally looking at 27" but I've been told that it is best to only opt for a 1440 screen. These are still quite expensive. Plus there are increased risks around the ability to switch one into portrait mode easily. Hence, I'm now looking for a couple of 24" 1080 screens. Is this a wise idea? A 27" 1440 would be an ideal choice but the cost difference between the two setups is massive. Are refurbished monitors a risk?

I'm also looking to get a laptop. I've previously purchased from PCSpecialist and was happy with what I got in terms of price and spec. However, I've now noticed to get a similar speced machine to my last purchase from them is about £100 more expensive at least. Is that believeable? I've not checked the market recently.

If I add in the potential purchase of an android based tablet would there be anyone willing to quote me for the lot or is this still small scale in terms of costs for the retailers?

Any recommendations for where I should go to look for a retailer for these?


  solomen 07:52 12 Apr 2017

When choosing a laptop, it’s important to find out if you will need to run any course-specific software, and then buy something that runs it. After that, the big decision is whether you want something that you can carry around all day and, nowadays, whether you would benefit from a hybrid Windows PC that also works as a tablet.

You appear to have made those decisions so the question is relatively simple.

If you want an android based tablet, you can have a look on Chromebook, which is 2 in 1 and cheap enough.

There are dozens of Windows laptops with 15.6in screens at prices from about £250 to £400, and these make up the bulk of the mass market. The competition is fierce and driven by price rather than the quality of the screen and keyboard, or even the speed, and this encourages manufacturers to cut corners.

Under the circumstances, it’s a good idea to get hands-on experience of a laptop, to see if the screen is bright and sharp, and to check whether it feels solid enough.

  wee eddie 10:43 12 Apr 2017

If you are looking for a Laptop that will run 2 External Monitors, you don't say, this will limit your choices.

  rock_face 14:19 13 Apr 2017

Thanks - yes. I'm now considering whether I'd be better with a desktop or as suggested a hybrid setup. I'm moving away from a laptop due to its inability to be customised and relatively high cost for its performance when compared with a dekstop.

I've been advised to consider a Surface 3 as an option. Is this feasible if I want to connect to a reasonably sized monitor (~24" - 27") and what would it be like in terms of longevity in comparison to a laptop? Are they something to consider in the long term?

Otherwise, I'm looking at either a desktop or a laptop.

  wee eddie 16:51 13 Apr 2017

Either Surface Pro or Laptop will run a single External monitor, no problem. It was the "couple" of monitors that I was thinking might not be feasable.

My opinion of the Surface Pro is, brilliant piece of kit, but expensive for what you get. Many Brownie points can be earned if you move in a society that admires these pieces of one-upmanship.

  Blazing_Boy 01:32 26 May 2017

Refurbished product would it be good as long as it is certified. Better to stick with windows rather than using android.

  Forum Editor 06:52 31 May 2017


"Refurbished product would it be good as long as it is certified."

What does 'certified' mean - certified by whom, and in what way?

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